The Five "W's" of CBD
What is CBD and why should you care? Well, you're in luck!
Who: Cannabidiol also known as CBD was first studied in 1940 from Minnesota wild hemp and Egyptian Cannabis indica resin
What: CBD is only one of 120 compounds called “cannabinoids” found in cannabis. Like its famous cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD offers numerous health benefits— but it does not induce a high. As such, people are turning to CBD products to alleviate symptoms from physical ailments like pain and inflammation as well as mental ones like anxiety and depression.
When: The first documented instance of someone using cannabis for medical purposes is Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung in 2737 BCE when he drank a cannabis-infused tea to treat an assortment of maladies. In 1963 and 1964, Dr. Raphel Mechoulam successfully determined CBD’s and THC’s stereochemistry, respectively. Dr. Mechoulam’s research revealed which particular cannabis molecules were accountable for its various health and euphoric effects.
Where: Cbd can be utilized in several different ways.
Oral- If you’ve never taken CBD before ingesting it is an easy place to start, You’re probably familiar with and maybe already using capsules and pills so taking CBD this way won’t feel too different. Plus monitoring dosage is easy with capsules since they come in pre-measured sizes.
You can also take CBD oil, which is called a tincture. Generally you consume this by placing it under your tongue and holding it there for up to a minute. Some people even use it in their food, or add a few drops to their favorite smoothie recipe. Why choose a tincture? It’s easy to adjust your dose adding or subtracting a few drops, and it might work a little faster.
The third indigestible option is an edible such as a chewable gummy. These small, tasty morsels can be found in a variety of flavors and sizes yet still pack a CBD punch. Topical- If you’re mostly looking to try CBD for muscle aches and pains, a topical application (one you put on your body, not in your mouth) can be a good option. The value of topical applications is that they work quickly and target one area. Athletes love them for pain and injury.
Why: Proponents claim CBD can help ease pain, anxiety, depression and stress, boost focus and productivity, improve the immune system, reduce inflammation and more. And – unlike its psychoactive cousin THC – CBD, they say, is harmless, legal and can't get you high.